The Fender 2016 American Elite Jazz Bass Ash MN Bass Guitar combines the sophisticated vintage style that has made the Jazz Bass a favourite amongst bassists for decades, with modern appointments that give this model exceptional tonal versatility. Whether you prefer to play with a pick, with your fingers, perform slap, or play with a furious alternate picking style, the Jazz Bass responds dutifully with a comfortable feel and powerful sound.
Cool Jazz Bass Style
As the name suggests, the Fender 2016 American Elite Jazz Bass Ash MN Bass Guitar is built using ash, a luxurious tonewood that is light in weight but produces a thick and enveloping timbre that is brimming with warmth. From sweeping low-end energy, a weighty midrange power, and articulate high-end character, ash is the perfect tonewood for those who want a model that is suited to a wide range of musical styles.
The offset waist design of the body was created to provide a comfortable playing feel for those who performed in standing or seated positions, with the ergonomically designed curves creating the perfect shape to rest the body on your knee. The body has been treated to a protective layer of gloss polyurethane, which reduces the impact caused by changes in temperature and humidity - making it a great bass to hit the road with.
Improved Neck Profile Design
Married to the body is a single-piece maple neck, which has received an updated profile that takes it from a modern "C" to a "D". Alongside a flatter neck heel, the added benefit of this new profile is greater access to the upper frets on the neck. Strength and support across the neck is assured thanks to Fender's robust 5-bolt asymmetrical joint, as well as reinforcement carried out by Posiflex graphite support rods - which aid the neck in resisting warping due to changes in humidity and temperature (perfect for those seeking a resilient touring partner).
Paired with the neck is a sumptuous maple fingerboard, which is home to 21 medium-jumbo frets that are adorned with pearloid block position inlays. The truss rod adjustment wheel is moved to the base of the neck, and can be adjusted with ease to ensure intonation and sustain as accurate as possible. In order to create a smooth, fast playing feel, the back of the neck has been finished in satin urethane to prevent unwanted stickiness or tackiness from developing. Single-ply binding smooths out transitions between each fret, whilst complementing the headstock, neck and body finishes beautifully.
New N4 Noiseless Pickups
The American Elite series models benefit from the new Noiseless N4 single-coil pickups, which offer fantastic response whilst eliminating unwanted hiss or buzz, which is a must for those who're performing high-gain musical styles or taking their music to a larger stage. The pickups are fitted in the bridge and middle positions, offering everything from galloping mid to low-end thump to tight and precise highs.
The Jazz Bass is equipped with a selection of control knobs, switches and buttons that enable you to shape and sculpt your sound with enviable dexterity, including: treble boost/cut, bass boost/cut, midrange boost, active/passive mini-toggle switch, and master volume control. The tonal versatility of this Jazz Bass is impressive but its ability to master virtually any musical style from funk to country, punk to jazz is remarkable; for session and live musicians it is an absolute gem. Not only that, but a mini toggle switch allows you to switch from a passive output to a whopping 18V active EQ powered output.
A 4-saddle hi-mass vintage bridge is fitted to ensure the strings' connection to the body is as seamless as possible, whilst Fender lightweight vintage-style tuning machines with tapered shafts maintain tuning integrity throughout each and every performance. The lower wing of the body is protected from nicks and scrapes thanks to the perfectly positioned 3-ply black/white/black.
Each model is supplied with its very own Elite series moulded case to protect your new pride and joy, wherever your music takes you.
Manufacturer Fender Model 2016 American Elite Jazz Bass Ash MN Bass Guitar Body Material Ash Neck Material Maple Neck Profile Compound Back Shape, Modern "C" to "D" Scale length 34" (864 mm) Fingerboard Material Maple Truss Rod Nut Heel-Mounted Spoke Wheel Adjustment Bridge Hard tail Bridge/Tailpiece 4-Saddle High-Mass Vintage (String-Through-Body or Topload) No. of Frets 21, medium jumbo Position Inlays Pearloid Blocks Pickguard 3-Ply Black/White/Black Active/Passive Active or Passive Tuners Fender "F" Lightweight Vintage-Style Paddle Keys with Tapered Shafts Pickup Configuration Single-coil/Single-coil Pickups Middle/Bridge: New 4th Generation Noiseless Controls Master Volume, Pan Pot (Pickup Selector), Treble Boost/Cut, Midrange Boost/Cut, Bass Boost/Cut, Active/Passive Mini Toggle Pickup Switching 2-Way Mini Toggle Switch for Active/Passive Mode. In Passive Mode, Only The Volume, Pan and Passive Tone Controls Function. In Active Mode, All Controls Function. Special Electronics 18V Preamp with Active 3-Band EQ Included Accessories Elite Moulded Case
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